Oil and Coffee: Latin American Merchant Shipping from the Imperial Era to the 1950s

Synopsis

"Latin Americans as sailors?" This remark caused laughter among 19th-century foreign observers, particularly British observers. Yet, Latin Americans did struggle to create important merchant fleets, an effort largely ignored outside the region. This book rescues Latin American shipping from oblivion. In a chronological narrative, it presents the most important events in the emergence of Latin American shipping. While focusing on the shipping companies, the book also roams widely into governmental policy, foreign relations, and naval affairs.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1998